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Burak Yilmaz - 60 goals in last 70 games

2013-02-19 12:44:18

Burak Yilmaz has been in prolific form over the past three seasons

Burak Yilmaz has been in prolific form over the past three seasons, scoring 60 goals in his last 70 league games.

The Turkish international scored 51 goals over the course of 60 matches for Trabzonspor between 2010-12 and 12 goals in 18 appearances for Galatasaray.

Burak has scored 18 goals already this season, including six Champions League goals in five starts making him the second most prolific striker in the European footballing competition.

The 27-year-old striker scored six goals in 501 minutes of Champions League football averaging a goal every 83 minutes. Burak has one of the highest shots to goal ratio in the competition having scored six out of the 23 shots he has taken giving him a conversion rate of 26 per-cent.

The Turkish international striker was selected by UEFA.com as being the Champions League Player of the Group Stages. The European football body also nominated Burak as a candidate for their Team of the Year award.

Burak was also awarded with a Man of the Match award by UEFA for his performances against Braga and Cluj.

The Galatasaray hitman spoke to UEFA.com ahead of the Lions Champions League tie against Schalke 04.

“We’re going into the game fully focused," he said.

"They’re a strong opponent but we have enough quality to get through and reach the last eight.

“I think we’ve done fantastic work. Luck wasn’t on our side in the first three matches, but we always believed in ourselves and were rewarded for it.”

The Turkish Super League goal king also told UEFA that confidence has been one of the key factors behind his Champions League form.

Burak said, “Of course it’s a huge honour to be mentioned in the same breath as players like Hakan Sukur and it’s true that I’m having a great season. I’ve never had the kind of self-confidence I have at Galatasaray now.

“It’s very important for me to feel at home at my club and that helps me perform well. Galatasaray is my home, I’m very happy and content at the moment. At the end of the day I’m just trying to give my best in every game. 

“It’s a combination of having a nose for goal and hard work. I live like a professional and take good care of my body and soul away from the pitch. On top of that, I train very hard and am never satisfied with myself, as I always think I can get better.”

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